Manuscript consists of the Śivarahasya-Khaṇḍa from the Śaṅkarasaṃhitā of the Skanda-Purāṇa. Vol. I, containing the Sambhava-Kāṇḍa in 50 Adhyāyas (ff.1-53), the Āsura-Kāṇḍa in 15 Adhyāyas (ff.53-74), the Viramāhendra-Kāṇḍa in 7 Adhyāyas (ff.74-84b), and the Yuddha-Kāṇḍa in 35 Adhyāyas (ff.85-129b). For Vol. II see RAS Whish MS 102, South Indian Sanskrit MS 103.
Winternitz notes that there are entries by C. M. Whish dated '1829' and 'June 3rd 1831 Tellicherry', but he thinks the MS. was probably written in 1792 (See RAS Whish MS 102, South Indian Sanskrit MS 103).
F.84b: om ity … śivarahasyakhaṇde vīramāhendrakāṇḍe saptamoddhyāyaḥ || śrīsāṃbāya parabrahmaṇe namaḥ || on tat brahmārpaṇaṃ | om śubham astu vīramāhendrakāṇḍas samāptaḥ ||
It ends (f.129b): om ity ādimahāpurāṇe śrīskānde śaṃkarasaṃhitāyāṃ śivarahasyakhaṇḍe yuddhakāṇḍe śūrapatmasaṃhāro nāma pañcatṛṃśoddhyāyaḥ || ... yuddhakāṇḍas samāptaḥ || yādṛśaṃ pustakan dṛṣṭvā | etc.
South Indian Sanskrit / Whish Manuscript Collection.
See ’A catalogue of South Indian Sanskrit manuscripts (especially those of the Whish Collection) belonging to the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland’ by M. Winternitz, with an appendix by F. W. Thomas (London: RAS, 1902) p.116-117. Go to http://tinyurl.com/j3tkdwj for a digital copy of this catalogue.
J. L. Whish, gift of manuscripts collected by his brother C. M. Whish, July 1836.